Scruton hopes Bradford Bulls form can help fulfil World Cup ambitions (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Nick Scruton hopes Bradford Bulls form can help fulfil World Cup ambitions
After being called up as 18th man for the national side back in 2010 for a mid-season international against France, Scruton was diagnosed with diabetes a year later and has also been plagued by injuries.
The former Leeds prop has since overcome his injury problems this year and has so far been in outstanding form.
Despite his return to prominence, Scruton was not part of England’s recent squad against the Exiles – but he insists he still has ambitions of playing for his country.
“I was sniffing about a couple of squads a few years ago but I haven’t heard anything this year,” he said.
“I’m concentrating on performing for Bradford and doing my best here for the rest of the year.
“I’m not expecting anything else to come off the back of it, it’s just nice to know that Bradford appreciate me doing so well.
“But if anything comes off the back of that, I’d be delighted to play for my country. I haven’t given up hope of playing in the World Cup, that’s for sure, but it won’t be easy.”
Speaking about his form, Scruton added: “It’s been great for me personally this year. I knew in myself that I’m confident enough if I put a decent run together and I can really hit some form.
“Luckily I’ve been able to stay injury-free and put some decent performances together.
“I’ve tried my best to keep that form because I see myself as a senior member of the squad now.
“That means I need to be good every week, otherwise it’ll be bad for the team and take other players’ performances down.”
Scruton is also looking forward to linking up with another former Rhinos academy graduate next year.
Garreth Carvell has joined the Bulls on a two-year-deal and, although Scruton never played alongside him at his home-town club, the front-rowers have a long-standing relationship.
Scruton believes the experienced Warrington forward is just what Bradford have been missing.
He said: “I’ve known Garreth for a fair few years. He’s best friends with my cousin and he’s a really good lad. I think he’ll be excellent for us and he’s just what we need at the minute.
“I’ve never really had the chance to play with him because he left Leeds before I managed to come through.
“I played on loan at Hull when he was there in 2004 but he was injured for the majority of the time, so I’m really looking forward to having some game time alongside him. I know that we’ll complement each other well.
“There’s a good set of lads here as well so, knowing him as I do, he’ll fit right in.
“We saw what he was capable of when we played against Warrington. He’s a big unit and he’s really hard to handle because he’s such an aggressive type of forward.
“That’s something that we’ve been lacking and I can’t wait to get him here next year.”
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